impotence

noun im·po·tence \ ˈim-pə-tən(t)s \
Updated on: 17 May 2018

Definition of impotence

: the quality or state of being impotent: such as
a : lack of power, strength, or vigor : weakness
  • … the growing impotence of governments in the face of corporate willfulness and regional factionalism.
  • —Alan Wexelblat
b : an abnormal physical or psychological state of a male characterized by inability to engage in sexual intercourse because of failure to have or maintain an erection : erectile dysfunction

Examples of impotence in a Sentence

  1. the congressional committee's essential impotence in affecting the management of the war was frustrating to its members

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First Known Use of impotence

15th century

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IMPOTENCE Defined for Kids

impotence

noun im·po·tence \ ˈim-pə-təns \

Definition of impotence for Students

: the quality or state of lacking power or strength

Medical Dictionary

impotence

noun im·po·tence \ ˈim-pət-ən(t)s \

medical Definition of impotence

1 : the quality or state of not being potent
  • drug-resistant bacteria are a virulent indicator of the growing impotence of antibiotics
2 : an abnormal physical or psychological state of a male characterized by inability to engage in sexual intercourse because of failure to have or maintain an erection called also erectile dysfunction


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